Simon said he wanted a S7 so he could develop his character more. I was happy to see he is doing it. How he related to Erica showed it. He has always been physically attracted to women who are charlatans and/or outright criminals. He didn't think he deserved better so he kept Lisbon at an emotional distance even though his better nature gravitated to her. That was his self-hatred at work, formed by years of having to use his skills to exploit people and solidified when his hubris got his family killed. They had helped him be more of the person he really wanted to be. (Cho said Jane needed some kind of anchor in his life and without that he was just a hustler.) In the earlier Erica episodes we saw that attraction to charlatans at work. Jane's bodily tension - present even in his language - though almost imperceptible, indicated his struggle to not succumb to Erica's seduction. It was a great acting - so subtle yet effective! In Orange Blossom, that attraction is totally gone. Jane is dismayed at having to deal with Erica and afraid it will affect his relationship with Lisbon. On a character development level, Jane has found his anchor again in that relationship. Erica was right in saying she and Jane were compatible but she did not know about that other level of Jane's personality - the one we saw forming in 15-year-old Jane. It overrode the charlatan attraction formed by Jane's life on the carney circuit totally when he was finally able to open up emotionally to Lisbon. I have enjoyed watching these different aspects of Jane's character throughout the series as various episodes have brought them out. I have never seen a TV character so well realized in so many ways. Marvelous writing and acting!
What about oliver cobbelpot or jada smiths character from gotham
What... No Chuck????
I agree with much in Doug’s review. I do give them props for trying something newbut it’s not something I’d like to see oft repeated. The show had previously admitted to having two rule #1’s and it was again McGee that pointed it out to Borin in Ships in the Night. She gives him her rule #1 and he counters that rule #1 has already been taken twice. And as to having multiple rules to cover the same thing, in Collateral Damage, Tony tells the new recruit Dwayne Wilson that Gibbs has 7 rules about lawyers but that you only needed one, #13, as it was the umbrella rule. I agree the flashbacks were unsatisfying but admit to not caring for flashbacks scenes in general. The only one I can recall liking was from A Man Walks Into A Bar when, in autopsy with Rachel, Tony flashes back to his time with Kate in Paraguay because the flashback used a scene that originally ended up on the cutting room floor from An Eye For An Eye so it was new material. At this point I’m not sure how many new viewers NCIS is garnering so I presume the audience is overwhelmingly long term viewers who are very familiar with material in it’s first and repeated runs. And I feel the same way about the rules. We all know them. Not much need for a primer for this particular audience but still, it was trying something different. McGee is a character that I appreciate from a rounding-out-the-team kind of position. He has a valuable skill set and his softer personality is needed amongst a group of such strong personalities in the same way neutral colors are needed to calm and give the eye rest amidst a sea of busy colors in say, room décor or a painting. So while I do value him, I don’t think he has a compelling enough presence to carry a centric episode. This time I was engaged with his part. Having this ep for him center on an examination and comparison/contrast of his father and Gibbs,and fathers and sons, and how perceptions change with maturity was a very good way to go with him. I was engaged in his observations and reflections and it felt believable. Which is more than I can say about the crime part of the plot but that’s ok because it didn’t much pretend to be more important than it actually was as a vehicle for the real point of the story. And yeah, the teacher’s abrupt u-turn did not work on any level. I would’ve liked to have seen his teammates being more openly supportive of him though. Abby had a moment but I didn’t think that scene really worked. Would’ve love a nice McNozzo brotherly moment. I expected more out of Gibbs when he stood behind Tim as Tim blew off steam. But at the end when Gibbs harshly admonished McGee for not having already left saying “your dad made time for you, return the favor” was a bit hard to watch knowing the place inside Gibbs that drove that comment with it being his own first Christmas not having the same opportunity with Jackson. Having lost my own father at Christmas, this ep hit all of those same emotional buttons for me. All in all, this was billed in a way like Life Before His Eyes, referred to something as a love letter to long term fans. For me, just like LBHE, it didn’t really live up to the hype but I still give them props for mixing it up and trying something new. And really, I’m a long-term and loyal fan who completely accepts I won’t love them all. And even when I don’t love them, I still love them.
Your reasoning is eloquent and well-stated. I too liked the fact that the writers made the attempt to go down this road - with a story being told through McGee's eyes. Your last two lines in particular resonate strongly with me.
I like Shelby for Brick and I really hope it works out so she can stick around. I can't believe that Zoe did what she did to Wade, after he specifically told her not to hurt him and she promised she wouldn't. It's not like he came and said he loved her AFTER he found out she was pregnant. He said he loved her, without knowing, so why would she slam the door in his face and do exactly what she said she wouldn't do? I am sorry she is doing that to him again. I hope that when he does find out he's a father, he would be in the child's life, but he wouldn't give Zoe a third chance to hurt him again. I like George for Lemon, and Annabelle for Lavon. I don't like the lesbian storyline for Crickett. What's up with that. All seasons through she was straight and a loving wife, and now she's gay? Take it to Hollywood to bring in a gay storyline, whether it's warranted or not. I so am not interested in it. I feel like it has spoiled my otherwise flawless show. IMO.
How about A from Pretty Little Lairs, Kai from The Vampire Diaries and Michael from The Originals.
Great episode. Suspense created without any action sequences. That takes a good story. Which is one of this show's strengths. All the background info on Greer makes me think something is going to happen to him. He was double crossed by his boss in MI6 - maybe the same thing is going to happen now. Could Samaritan be setting Greer up for a fall? And maybe the Machine has an angle on Greer. Did that KGB officer survive? 3 weeks is gonna go slow...
Awkward! I'm sorry, and I might be in the minority here, but I feel awkward when I see Kensi and Deeks kissing, because I know that she is kissing her brother-in-law. I was just talking to my sister about that, and I told her that if I and her husband were actors, I wouldn't want to be kissing him even though it's acting, as she said. Eeww! I wish I didn't know that Kensi has a baby with Deeks' brother. I might have looked forward to the relationship more. Now I don't. Sorry. But I did enjoy the episode. I knew that once Joelle found out about Callen, she would be upset. I could never understand why people get upset about that. Obviously you are being deceived not just for their protection, but for your own. I wouldn't be angry if I found out that my boyfriend was not just a salesman, but an FBI agent. I would feel privileged! I would understand his need to keep it secret from me, to protect me. I could never understand why these people get all angsty and call it grave deception.
I have TOTALLY lost interest in this show now that Cote is gone(Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is WAY more interesting),but I do recall the episode with McGee's dad. Neither father nor son are very good with expressing feelings. It's a guy thing. That's just the way we are.That's why this episode(what I've read about it) strikes a nerve. The death of a family member is especially jarring when it happens during the holidays.Somebody out there correct me if I'm wrong about this ,but I think that's when the news of the John Gacy murders was revealed,and also when the Sandy Hook killings took place. Again, someone with the exact dates send a response. Happy Hanukkah,Merry Christmas,and Happy Kwanzaa to all readers. May we all LIVE LONG AND PROSPER in the New Year.
I feel so sorry for you watching Agents Of Shield must be like watching a 2 month year old baby cry
Agents of SHIELD is not on opposite NCIS.
Sad that people have to attack someone who said Agents of Shield is more interesting to them these days. My husband would agree with you about the father/son deal....apparently it is a guy thing.
LOVED THIS EPISODE! Doug needs to add "for me" to many of his opinions. Obviously, for most of us devotees of NCIS, this episode "worked" and "added up" just fine and did not seem disjointed at all. The rules mattered. The flashbacks made complete sense. I think that for a show to do an episode so poignant after so many years on the air is a testament to the strength of the writing and the commitment of the actors. Bravo, NCIS!
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